Here is a nice example of the Durand "King Tut" pattern (c. 1925). The vase is wonderfully iridescent in bright gold with a light green swirling applied coil pattern having tones of blue. The interior of the vase is a beautiful ivory cream colour.
Dimensions: Approximately 10 cm (4 in) tall.
Condition: Excellent. No chips, cracks or repairs.
Signature: "Durand 1994-5" script on base with the Durand stylized V.
Reference: The King Tut pattern is depicted in Edward Meschi's "Durand – the Man and his Glass" page 38 (see photo).
A Note About the Manufacturer:
At the start of the 20th century, there was a rush to get into the Art Glass business, and the beauty of it swept the US. The iridescent and luster finishes developed during this time seemed to brighten the rather gloomy times of the era. But those who were fortunate enough to be prospering at the time, wanted to put on the airs of prosperity, and these items appealed to them.
The Durand company was started by Victor Durand in 1897. It was called the Vineland Flint Glass Works. Their company was formed in Vineland New Jersey. The collapse of the Quezal Art Glass company, gave Mr. Durand the opportunity to hire Martin Bach Jr. who had been the greatest influence on the art glass produced by Quezal, and whose father, Martin Bach Sr. had been a chemist and formulator for Louis Comfort Tiffany.
In 1924 Bach, Jr. set up the art glass shop in Vineland for the Durand's. Bach immediately began to hire members of his team from the disbanded Quezal company. They began making golden amber glass similar to that of Tiffany. They made thread glass items and pieces that contained hearts and vines, king tut and peacock feather patterns like Tiffany.
The early Art Glass produced by the Durand's was not marked, but later pieces were signed Durand and often included a stylized V.
Regrettably Victor Durand was killed in a car crash in 1931. When Colonel Evan Kimble took over, he did not wish to continue the Art Glass business. As such, many glass items in inventory at the time were sold to the workers for as little as ten cents a piece. Any left over items were subsequently destroyed.
Today the brand survives as part of the Arc multinational glass production group and is associated with tableware. The Arc group itself was originally founded by the Durand family in France well over a century ago.